Sam talks "Down The Line" :
I came up with this at a soundcheck with Chris (drummer) in an old blues club in Kyoto a couple years ago. It was a little jam we had going and I'm glad I took a second to record it otherwise I would have totally forgotten about it. The words are adapted from an old song "Georgie Buck," versions of which one can find on the amazing compilation Black Banjo Songsters, or the Taj Mahal duo album with Toumani Diabete, among other places. I changed the name of the dead man in the song from "Georgie Buck" to "Johnny Smith" in tribute to him and the many great jazz musicians we have lost in the last year or two. Frisell did some deep shredding on this track!